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By Amanda Silliker
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/14/2013

About two years ago, Amanda Arnold moved to Toronto from the small community of Pefferlaw, Ont., to “find new and exciting opportunities.”

Arnold, who was 22 at the time, had only worked sporadic shifts at a local bar and had a difficult time finding work. She became very discouraged with the fruitless search and ended up on welfare.

Arnold eventually decided to sign up for the youth employment program at St. Christopher House, a community agency in Toronto. And when a job came up at Intact Financial, she was encouraged to apply.